Transition to Independent Practice (TIPS)
This CA3 rotation is designed to more closely simulate a private practice environment. It consists of a 4-week block later in the CA3 year. Three or four CA3 residents are assigned to this rotation at one time. An additional practitioner (CRNA) is also assigned to work with the group of senior residents. These individuals form a “private practice” anesthesiology group. The group forms its own administration and manages its own clinical assignments. Each week, one resident is the “Master” and is charged with making the daily OR assignments, helping with breaks and lunches, and ensuring a smooth and efficient case flow. The residents develop their own anesthetic plans and carry them out with faculty involvement limited to those activities that are CMS regulations and when medically necessary for patient safety. Faculty are specially selected for their willingness to participate and support the goals of this rotation.